Put your health care wishes in writing

Riverwood Healthcare Center, along with other national, state and community organizations, are leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance health care decision-making – an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day.

As a participating organization, Riverwood is providing information and tools for individuals to talk about their health care wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and to execute written advance directives in accordance with Minnesota state laws.

Attend an informal presentation on advance care planning and the advance health care directive form, on Thurs., April 16, at 2:00 p.m. at Riverwood Healthcare Center in conference room E, Support Services wing. Advance directive forms will be available. Registration is requested to Riverwood Social Services at (218) 927-5524.

“Participation in National Healthcare Decisions Day will help many more people in our community have thoughtful conversations about their health care decisions and to complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” explains Val Thompson, LSW, Riverwood social worker. “Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult health care decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and health care providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance health care planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”